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Tales From The Crypt
(1995-2001 Film Series)
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About These Films
1. Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
(1995) [The Demon Movie]
2. Tales From The Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood
(1996) [The Vampire Movie]
3. Tales From The Crypt Presents: Ritual (2001)
[The Voodoo Movie]
Films: It's a pity that these films did not achieve the
glory of the "Tales From The Crypt" TV series (1989-1996). There
is really no difference from the TV series except for the fact that
they are feature-length and done on a bigger budget. I don't know
why these movies didn't take.
Each movie is a stand-alone film. "Demon
Knight" was awesome! "Bordello of Blood"? I thought it was
good, but I bet just about everybody was upset with the ending. I
know I wasn't satisfied. The third film, "Ritual", is a "Tales
From the Crypt" film by name only. It originally had nothing to
do with "Tales From the Crypt", but when the film did poorly in
theaters outside the U.S., new Cryptkeeper segments were added for the
U.S. release. "Ritual" was not released in the U.S. until May 2,
2006, direct-to-DVD. It's actually a very good film, probably the
best of the three, and certainly worth watching.
Why did these movies do not-so-well? "Demon
Knight" actually made a profit and did pretty well, but didn't make a
huge splash. "Bordello of Blood" was a straight-up flop and
became the butt of many jokes in Hollywood. That was
unjust. However, it was because of the second film's commercial
failure that a third film was cancelled. "Ritual" was made as a
regular horror movie without any attachment to "Tales From The Crypt",
but when that proved not to work, it was altered slightly to become a
third TFTC movie. That didn't help much, either.
The Cryptkeeper character, although funny, is a
grotesque and bizarre for most people's taste. His segments
appear at the beginning and end of each film. Movie audiences may
have found him unsettling. I also think the movies freaked
people out with excessive gore. Nobody likes to see people ripped
apart, unless they're mental in the first place. When I watch
these films, I try to look past the crazy violence. When it comes
to the second movie, I think people were ticked off with how it
ended. There was really no pay off. Since the second movie
bombed, many people didn't want to see another installment. The
series pretty much ended with "Bordello of Blood", and the third film
was just a desperate way of trying to revive it.
I love the humor in these films, the adult dialogue,
and the story ideas. "Demon Knight" was a bit more elaborate and
clever than "Bordello of Blood", but that film also had an interesting
premise. "Ritual" had a very intriguing story that was as much of
a mystery as it was a horror film. Unlike the first two movies,
"Ritual" is within the extreme realm of possibility.
It's also the least violent. These movies certainly aren't for
all audiences, but if you love
oddball stuff that still makes some kind of sense, and is fun to watch,
you've got to see the "Tales From The Crypt" films!
Tales From The
Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
(1995)- This movie is pretty awesome! I loved the
cast, I loved the story...I even liked how the movie was set up and
faded out with the Cryptkeeper segments. The Cryptkeeper is awful
ugly and weird, but he's an amusing character.
Billy Zane was incredible as the villain, The
Collector. He was as funny as he was scary. In a strange
way, the Collector was likable, even though he was pure evil. You
could almost respect him. Mr. Zane should have won an award for
this performance. He did an outstanding job.
William Sadler plays the lead hero, Frank
Brayker. Jada Pinkett Smith, as Jeryline, becomes the lone
survivor of this tale and the ultimate savior of the universe.
It's really cool how it all works out. I just think the world of
actor Dick Miller. I've enjoyed his work for so long, and he's
really enjoyed a long and diverse acting career. Miller plays the
likable, but ill-fated alcoholic Uncle Willy.
Brayker is a Demon Knight, a guardian of a special
key artifact. This key is the last of seven keys which can open
the doors of Hell across the entire universe. The demons possess
the other six keys. Inside this last key is the blood of Christ,
which is the only thing that keeps the Collector and his demons at
bay. Brayker is in a desperate search to find a new guardian of
the key, as his life is almost expired. He comes to a run-down
motel, converted from a church, and is holed up overnight with seven
ecstatic people as the Collector and his minions fight to get inside
and take the key. If the key can be kept out of evil hands until
morning, the demons will all go away and the universe will be safe for
awhile longer. However, the Collector and his demons are quite
fierce and do everything they can to get inside.
William Sadler as Frank Brayker
Billy Zane as The Collector
Jada Pinkett as Jeryline
Dick Miller as Uncle Willy
Thomas Hayden Church as Roach
CCH Pounder as Irene
Gary Farmer as Deputy Bob Martel
Ryan O'Donohue as Danny
Brenda Bakke as Cordelia
Charles Fleischer as Wally Enfield
John Schuck as Sheriff Tupper
John Kassir as Crypt Keeper [voice]
Peggy Trentini as Amanda
John Larroquette as Slasher [uncredited]
Kathy Barbour as Starlet
Tina New as Starlet
- During the closing credits, the Cryptkeeper
appears and tells people to watch for his next movie, "Dead
Easy". This was, in fact, the original title for the film that
became "Bordello of Blood".
- The key artifact from this film appears in the
next film, "Bordello of Blood". However, its appearance in the
next film holds no relationship to this movie. "Bordello of
Blood" was not a direct sequel of "Demon Knight".
- There are a number of little touches in "Demon
Knight" that make reference to "Tales From the Crypt". For
instance, you'll see "Tales From the Crypt" comics in some scenes, and
the mysterious man at the end whistles the theme to the TV show.
Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood
(1996): I like this movie, but the ending is
unsatisfying. If you ignore the last minute when we find out
Erika Eleniak is a vampire and she kills Dennis Miller, you'll enjoy
the rest of the story. The cast is awesome. Angie Everhart,
in particular, gives a great performance as Lilith the vampiress.
Everhart's character is certainly sexy to look at, with a very non-sexy
demeanor, and perfectly wicked. Lilith is just as funny as she is
evil. Dennis Miller is also good in this movie. He doesn't
play a whole lot of characters who are likable heroes. His
private detective character of Rafe Guttman is a rather interesting,
intelligent person to follow. That's why the ending p***es me off
so much. Erika Eleniak always seems to be good in everything and
was another highlight in the film.
Each TFTC movie has a different premise. This
is a vampire movie. A funeral home is a front for a whorehouse
run by vampires. The madame, Lilith, happens to be the ultimate
vampiress. Private detective Rafe Guttman learns this soon
enough, but a much bigger conspiracy begins to unfold that rocks
everyone concerned down to the core!
This is a good movie, but not as good as "Demon
Knight". "Bordello of Blood" is a bit sillier than the first
film, and certainly more violent. The violence of this film might
have been one of the movie's big turn-offs to mainstream
audiences. To me, sex and violence doesn't go together in the
same scene. Nudity works better with lighter fare. The
story for this film is also much more simple than "Demon Knight".
The first movie has such a big, expansive story where the stakes are
really high. This movie is just a simple vampire story. I
suppose people comparing the first two films of this series would like
"Demon Knight" better. If "Bordello of Blood" had been the first
film in the series instead of the second, it might have done
better. But the finale of this film is the real
kick-in-the-pants; it was done purely for shock value and really didn't
serve the story. After everything our heroes go through, THAT is
how it ends?! What the hell?! I still recommend watching
this movie, but the last scene is ignorable and leaves you
unsatisfied. It also killed the idea of a Rafe Guttman sequel.
Dennis Miller as Rafe Guttman
Erika Eleniak as Katherine Verdoux
Angie Everhart as Lilith
Chris Sarandon as Reverend Current
Corey Feldman as Caleb Verdoux
Phil Fondacaro as Vincent Prather
William Sadler as Mummy
John Kassir as Crypt Keeper [voice]
- Dennis Miller has mixed feelings on his role in
this film. He does, however, like the scenes where he had to wake
up at 3 a.m. shooting scantily clad vampire hookers with supersoakers.
- The key in this movie is the same one used in
"Demon Knight" (1995). However, the continuity of the key does
not follow into this film. It could be assumed that if there was
a third, actual TFTC film this key prop would have made an appearance.
- William Sadler, who played the Mummy in the Crypt
Keeper segments of this film, was the primary hero of "Demon
Knight". If this movie had been a hit, would Sadler have made an
appearance in the next film? Or would Dennis Miller have the
cameo? We'll never know.
- Like the first film, there were references to the
"Tales From the Crypt" franchise. For instance, in a cemetery,
the name "Gaines" appears on a crypt. It's a reference to the
late William Gaines (1922-1992), creator of the "Tales From the Crypt"
Tales From the Crypt Presents: Ritual (2001):
probably the best of the lot, and it wasn't even meant
to be a "Tales From the Crypt" film! A TFTC trilogy was
originally set, but when "Bordello of Blood" flopped, it was decided
that "Ritual" would be a stand-alone film without any association to
"Tales From the Crypt". It was released in theaters outside the
United States in 2001. The movie didn't really do so hot.
"Ritual" was not released on DVD until March 2, 2006. When it
finally was to be released on DVD, it was decided that new segments
with the Crypt Keeper would be added. There is a very short
segment of the Crypt Keeper shown before the actual film, and faux
"outtakes" of the Crypt Keeper shown after the end credits.
"Ritual" is not even made in the style of the
previous films or TV series of "Tales From the Crypt". Rather, it
is a very straight-forward horror, mystery-thriller. There isn't
much gore, save for the early death scene of Erick Avari where he's
shown melting. It's certainly the most intelligent script of the
three films, and it's very well-acted. Of the three TFTC movies,
this one is the most within the realm of possibility.
Dr. Alice Dodgson goes to Jamaica as the personal
physician for a wealthy American's younger brother. Wesley, the
sick man, believes he is being manipulated by some evil voodoo
force. Meanwhile, people start getting killed all over the place
and Alice must question her own beliefs in science over magic. A
larger, much more sinister plot is at work.
I was pleasantly surprised with the film's
writing. This movie is much more story-based than
violence-based. The violence is incidental. Best of all,
the film has a pretty satisfying ending. I'm happy with the
entire cast, but I have to say that Jennifer Grey is AWESOME in this
film and deserves praise. She's a good actress, anyway, but this
role has been overlooked and needs to be recognized.
Unlike my reviews for the first two films, I really
don't want to give away the events of this film. You need to see
this one to really get into the mystery.
Jennifer Grey as Dr. Alice Dodgson
Craig Sheffer as Paul Claybourne
Daniel Lapaine as Wesley Claybourne
Kristen Wilson as Caro Lamb
Tim Curry as Matthew Hope
Gabriel Casseus as J.B.
Ron Taylor as Superintendant Archibald
Dorothy Cunningham as Violette
Randolph Winston Jones as Gentleman Jackson
Erick Avari as Dr. Peter Winsfold
Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Javitz
John Kassir as Crypt Keeper [voice]
- Revelation [U.S., working title]
- Tales From the Crypt Presents: Revelation [U.S.,
- Tales From the Crypt Presents: Voodoo
[Philippines, English title]
- Voodoo Ritual [DVD title in Denmark, Norway, and
- This film was made on a budget of $10 million.
- This film is very loosely based on the 1943 film,
"I Walked With a Zombie".
- "I Walked With a Zombie" and "Ritual" were both
produced by RKO Studios.
- "Ritual" is the last film to come from RKO
- Unlike the first two films, there are NO built-in
references to the "Tales From the Crypt" franchise. The brief
Crypt Keeper segments were simply tagged onto the film's DVD release
and were NOT in the theatrical version.